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Housing demand is most pronounced in three towns in the Banner county – Ennis, where 534 are needed, Shannon (290) and Sixmilebridge (139).

There is also a low-level of demand in Newmarket-on-Fergus (55) and Ardnacrusha (44).

The two main towns where development will be focused are Ennis and Shannon, which will drive the economic development of the region. Others towns highlighted for growth include Kilrush, Scarriff and Ennistymon.

There is enormous quantities of land zoned in Ennis, much of which cannot be developed in the short-term as it requires major infrastructural works including water  and roads.

Four sites alone in the town could yield almost 3,000 units.

In the short-term, there is enough zoned and serviced land to meet demand to the end of 2018, with sites capable of delivering as few as three units, right up to 362.

Land zoned (ha): 779

Potential number of homes: 8,541

Housing requirement: 1,063

Percentage of zoned land needed: 12.4pc

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The Residential Land Availability Survey map was created by drawing together zoning maps held by each local authority in the State.

Developed by the Department of the Environment, it sets out individual plots of land in towns, villages, cities and rural areas, and indicates the number of homes permitted on each site.

It took almost two years to develop, and provides planners and developers with an overview of the available land for housing.

It does not include land zoned for mixed-use development, which would generally include some housing provision. Nor does it include derelict sites.

The data is based on the situation as of March 31 last. Stage 1 land is considered not viable for development in the short-term because necessary services such as water are not in place. Stage 2 land has no major constraints. Not all the land has planning permission.


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